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Rodriguez Earns Service Award From City of Malibu


MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine University Baseball Coach Steve Rodriguez was presented with the Jake Kuredjian award for his contributions to the City of Malibu Monday night (Oct. 29), by the Malibu City Council.


Rodriguez, who has coached Waves baseball for the past seven years, was recognized for his offerings and assistance to the community. The Pepperdine baseball team holds coaching clinics for Malibu Little League as well as sponsoring and participating in Little League days at Pepperdine baseball games. Aside from coaching, Rodriguez has helped fundraise for the organization by donating baseball memorabilia from his own personal collection. The fundraising activities help offset the costs of running the youth baseball programs each year.


Known for one of the best baseball camps on the West Coast, Rodriguez and his staff continue to hold multiple camps throughout each summer for young, aspiring baseball players. During the Waves regular season, it is not uncommon to see a local Malibu Little Leaguer suited up as a batboy for Pepperdine. As a result of his involvement and presence in the youth baseball community, Malibu baseball players fill the Pepperdine stands and root for the Waves.


“We are lucky to have such a hard working and thoughtful person who wants to be involved in our community and who cares to take such an active role in the lives of the youths of Malibu,” said Madonna Slattery, chairman of the award committee.


A coach with a humanitarian philosophy he applies not only to coaching, but life in general, Rodriguez believes in teaching his players responsibility, community awareness and giving back to the residents of Malibu.  Each year, he and his team are involved in several charity undertakings. Whether it be weeding the field for a local park or high school, visiting the nearby Children’s Hospital ,or being on the Malibu fire department’s speed dial for sand bag duties during floods, the Pepperdine baseball athletes are a known presence in the community.


“I am very honored to be presented with this award,” said Rodriguez. “I feel it is so important to support the community we live and play in. I try to teach my players that there is more to life than winning baseball games. You have to be willing to help others and by doing that, you’re helping yourself to become a better person.”







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